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Head of Portfolio

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Nike, Inc.'s storytellers, Marketing and Communication sets the brand tone. A creative force of specialists tell Nike’s stories of innovation and sport through advertising, brand strategy, digital engagement and product presentation. Using channels ranging from retail stores to social media, Marketing & Communication teams connect the science and art of Nike innovations to the hearts and minds of athletes around the world.

Description
This is a unique opportunity to join a fast-moving entrepreneurial team currently exploring the edges of possibility at Nike Innovation. We move with speed and purpose, taking calculated risks and failing fast – all with one goal in mind: serving consumers in new and unimagined ways. In support of that mission, we are currently seeking an experienced Head of Portfolio & Special Projects to shape all aspect of our strategy, portfolio, governance, and investment philosophy. As part of our Leadership Team you will be involved in helping lead everything from white space exploration to the delivery of a healthy, balanced portfolio of disruptive new businesses ideas. Our ideal candidate blends bleeding-edge research with the ability to quickly synthesize and align insights toward strategic portfolio goals.

Accountabilities:
  • Portfolio Strategy and Management – conduct internal and external research, consult stakeholders, and manage a collaborative decision-making process to build and refresh a collection of high-priority investment themes to guide our efforts. In addition, ensure that the team maintains a balanced and healthy level of investment (budget and people) across the portfolio. Enable all investment decisions by representing a strategic lens into the portfolio and the highest potential impact/returns.
  • New Business Research – guide research into specific consumer and marketplace trends, consumer segments, emerging businesses models, and emerging technologies to determine the attractiveness of incubating potential new ideas. 
  • Growth Initiatives – work with leaders, teammates and Nike stakeholders to explore opportunities for expanding our capabilities through scaling its services to other Nike geographies, utilizing different methods of new business creation, and strategic partnership that provide operating leverage. 
  • “Nike Partnerships” Engagement Strategy – guide and partner with the Nike Partnerships team to determine where our team, talent and methods can be most effective in partnering within Nike Inc, as well as in line with investment priorities.

Qualifications
Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, or related discipline
  • 10+ years’ experience in corporate strategy, strategy consulting, venture capital, and/or running incubator/accelerator programs 
    • 2 additional years of experience required in lieu of a degree
  • Familiarity with corporate innovation models – incubators, accelerators, CVC, innovation labs 
  • Experience conducting consumer insights and consumer/marketplace trends research 
  • Ability to connect dots and synthesize disparate sources of research into investment theses 
  • Experience managing a project portfolio 

Preferred:
  • MBA


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

Job ID SRC010719HP

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